Your First Visit
We want to welcome you to our practice! At Dr Burkey’s office, you are our priority, and we make it our mission to provide you and your family with the most accommodating care possible. Our practice utilizes the latest technology, offering a variety of safe and gentle treatment options to give you the customized, individual care you deserve. We know you'll love your new, amazing smile!
Prior to Your First Visit
After telephoning to schedule an initial examination, you will receive a packet of material from us including a brochure about orthodontics, information about Dr. Burkey, a business card with directions to find our office, and a medical history form to fill out. Please bring the completed medical history form to your initial examination. If you have insurance, arriving with an insurance form filled out will also expedite your appointment and allow us the opportunity to help you maximize your insurance benefits. In case you need an insurance form or another medical history form, these can be downloaded and printed underPatient Forms here on our web site.
Your Complimentary Initial Exam and Consultation
At your complimentary initial examination appointment, you will be welcomed to our office by our Treatment Coordinator who will give you a tour of our state-of-the-art, comfortable and home-like facility. She will also show you how to sign in on our computer and will review with you the patient information form you completed, answering any questions you might have. We will take complimentary digital photos, and if appropriate, complimentary 3-D imaging and impressions.
Dr. Burkey will then have the opportunity to meet you. He will evaluate your or your child’s smile by doing a thorough examination of the bite measuring such things as overbite, overjet, cross-bites, crowding, and spacing. Evaluating the fit and function of the bite is important, but Dr. Burkey is also interested in how the bite affects the profile, smile, and facial balance. He will provide a treatment plan at the initial examination, but if additional planning with your dentist or other specialists is needed, we may schedule a separate, complimentary consultation appointment, allowing Dr. Burkey time to consult with your other providers. You will be given an opportunity to ask as many questions as you might have, as we feel strongly about communication in order that you have the information you need about your orthodontic treatment.
Patients who are not ready for any orthodontic treatment at this time would be placed in our complimentary supervision program. Dr. Burkey will then continue to monitor growth and evaluate teeth as they erupt to help prevent or lessen problems as they arise. Our younger patients who are not quite ready for orthodontic treatment will have fun as they earn prizes just for coming in to their supervision appointments. This helps them to be comfortable with Dr. Burkey and feel at ease coming for appointments. There is no charge for the initial examination appointment or any supervision reassessment appointments.
What happens after the initial consultation?
You're one step closer to achieving the smile you've always wanted! If you or your child is ready to begin orthodontic treatment, we will schedule your banding appointment, and Dr. Burkey will get you started. The length of this appointment is tailor made to the type of treatment you need. During this time our team will be available to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible.
Visiting the orthodontist about every four to eight weeks is an important part of your orthodontic treatment. Our practice will work with you to make sure that your appointments are as convenient as possible. When scheduling appointments, please let us know what days and times work best for you.
We understand that "life happens"! If you're running late or need to reschedule, please let us know and we will do everything we can to accommodate you. When you're ready to schedule your first appointment, contact our practice and our friendly scheduling coordinator will assist you. We're looking forward to working with you.
Visiting the family dentist during orthodontic treatment
It is very important during orthodontic treatment that you continue to see your family dentist at least every six months for cleanings and routine dental checkups. If extra dental care is needed, we will be happy to coordinate with your dentist to make sure that you are receiving the best care possible.